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Band/Artist: DESTROYER

Postby mattw on Wed May 26, 2004 12:50 pm

Destroyer/Dan Bejar

I could easily see someone writing him off as crap, but I've warmed to _your blues_. Great pop compositions...
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Postby tmidgett on Wed May 26, 2004 1:08 pm

he's great
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Postby tallchris on Wed May 26, 2004 3:21 pm

"This Night" is amazing. I was lucky enough to see Bejar play with the band from that record last fall in Seattle.
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Postby mattw on Wed May 26, 2004 3:50 pm

Did he rock out the songs? I liked the tunes off _your blues_ the way they were on the record, with the cheesy keyboards and all of that. I don't think the songs work in a more rock setting. There was this crazy guy playing guitar with him, that was in the band before, The Ballad of Johnny Glenn or something like that. He was pretty nuts. The drummer was from that band, too, come to think of it. She was pretty good. I'm all for more female drummers that know how to play...
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Postby kerble on Thu May 27, 2004 1:38 pm

Ugh.

The records are funny/good, but I saw em recently and I gotta say, it wasn't very enjoyable. His nasal vocals for an entire set wears thin even though it doesn't on record. The dude from Frog Eyes was a pretty awesome backing singer though, he's a "I'm gonna go for it, guys" type of a singer and he throws down this sick underwater guitar tone.

I think as a home recording project it's great, but as the poll asks for band, I say CRAP.

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Not crap, but give it time

Postby danmohr on Thu May 27, 2004 4:52 pm

NOT CRAP. I'm not a huge fan of the records, but live, with the full band (key: with the full band), it's pretty impressive (one of the better shows I've seen in recent memory).

However, the new record is easily the gayest record I've heard in years with it's sort of prancing/mincing/forest song of the wood nymphs vibe. I just picture SCA dudes jousting and running around the park with wooden sowrds. And I think Bejar is touring solo (or mostly solo) this summer, so that may not bode well for the live experience.

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Postby Braden on Mon Nov 21, 2005 12:07 pm

I think an important aspect of listening to his records is how they are listened to, depending on which one it is. His last few records are more car/home stereo friendly, but I have to say his first few records are most enjoyable on headphones. Last night I was listening to one of his home recorded cassettes, which unfortunately only saw limited release, and really took note to the production. Almost all of the tracks are two guitar/vocal fairly hard-panned and a keyboard mixed in the middle. I couldn't see enjoying this sitting down in front of the hifi.

Also, I got a chance to hear a few tracks from his upcoming album and they sounded great. Similar vain to Your Blues, but a little more pop.
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Postby elisha wiesner on Mon Nov 21, 2005 12:33 pm

destroyer= not crap. not crap by a mile.


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Postby Andrew L. on Mon Nov 21, 2005 3:21 pm

Streethawk: A Seduction is a great album. I love this album.

Not many lyricists are in the same league as him. But more importantly his phrasing and delivery are fantastic in my books.

The latest one with all the midi keyboard strings and whatnot is pretty much awful, but the fact that he was willing to destroy all his songs on an inexplicable whim only further endears this Dan Bejar to me.


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Postby tmidgett on Mon Nov 21, 2005 4:40 pm

Andrew L. wrote:Streethawk: A Seduction is a great album. I love this album.


seconded

The latest one with all the midi keyboard strings and whatnot is pretty much awful, but the fact that he was willing to destroy all his songs on an inexplicable whim only further endears this Dan Bejar to me.


i can understand this p.o.v., but i love this record as well. i like it more than any of his records except _streethawk_. i think it's a great success, and i don't know if that is because of or in spite of the way it was made.
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Postby mattw on Mon Nov 21, 2005 6:28 pm

With the New Pornographers: more Bejar! I don't know what it is exactly- his way of singing or what he is singing- but it works perfectly.
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Postby Andrew L. on Mon Nov 21, 2005 6:37 pm

mattw wrote: I don't know what it is exactly- his way of singing or what he is singing-


I misread this and was about to respond: yes you do know -- "his way of singing what he is singing" -- that's it!

But I missed the 'or.' Anyway, I like the way he sings what he sings.
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Postby kerble on Mon Nov 21, 2005 6:58 pm

Andrew L. wrote:
mattw wrote: I don't know what it is exactly- his way of singing or what he is singing-


I misread this and was about to respond: yes you do know -- "his way of singing what he is singing" -- that's it!

But I missed the 'or.' Anyway, I like the way he sings what he sings.


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Postby The Kid on Mon Nov 21, 2005 9:49 pm

The band name is great. It must have already been used by hundreds of terrible metal bands that never made it out of their hometowns.
I bought 'this night,' and I didn't like it at all. Didn't like the singing or the guitar tone. Or the songs. Maybe I just don't get this guy.
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Postby Run Around on Fire on Mon Nov 21, 2005 10:28 pm

Add me to the camp that loves Your Blues. And Kid- maybe you should give another album a try. This Night is the least awesome and most "jammy." Dan's New Pornographers songs are very awesome too.
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Postby Braden on Tue Nov 22, 2005 12:24 pm

The Kid wrote:The band name is great. It must have already been used by hundreds of terrible metal bands that never made it out of their hometowns.
I bought 'this night,' and I didn't like it at all. Didn't like the singing or the guitar tone. Or the songs. Maybe I just don't get this guy.
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'This Night' is not a great introduction to his work. The other recommendations for 'Streethawk' would be a much better place to start.
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Postby kerble on Tue Nov 22, 2005 12:42 pm

I still recommend not seeing Destroyer live.

but yes, StreetHawk II: A Seduction is a very good album.
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Postby Run Around on Fire on Tue Nov 22, 2005 4:00 pm

kerble wrote:I still recommend not seeing Destroyer live.

but yes, StreetHawk II: A Seduction is a very good album.


I really enjoyed him the time I saw him live. It was him by himself, he played a brief set between 2 loud, rockin' bands (although he was by far the "biggest name" at the show, he played in the middle). He seems to be a very modest live performer and doesn't have any notion that he, alone on guitar and vocals, is worthy of dominating the evening. The guitar-only versions of Your Blues songs were really nice, too. Also, his speaking voice is just like his singing voice.
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Postby tipcat on Tue Jan 31, 2006 3:58 am

Braden wrote:'This Night' is not a great introduction to his work. The other recommendations for 'Streethawk' would be a much better place to start.


I could not disagree more. "This Night" was the first record I heard and I thought it was amazing. "Thief" is great too. As far as pop goes you can't do much better than Dan Bejar. It's what Robyn Hitchcock should sound like (though Hitchcock has a few great tunes himself).
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